Dropped cigarette led to wreck at stoplight

BUCKHANNON — A driver who ran a red light at the Buckhannon Crossroads intersection Sunday evening told police she dropped her cigarette and was picking it up when she ran the light.

Kimberly Mitchell, 38, of Lost Creek, told investigating officer Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor,  “I dropped my cigarette and when I looked down to get it my friend said ‘red light’ and then all I saw was dust.”

Mitchell’s 2004 Chevy Cavalier  struck a 2010 Dodge Avenger driven by Cindy Heaton, 43, of Buckhannon, according to the report from the Buckhannon Police Department. Heaton had been stopped at Buckhannon Crossroads and proceeded to cross the intersection when the light turned green.

No injuries were reported from either driver or Mitchell’s passenger, James Champ, 39, during the 6:10 p.m. wreck.

Mitchell was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

The Buckhannon Fire Department assisted with traffic control at the scene. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damages.

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